November 10, 2012

0380 BULGARIA (Blagoevgrad) - Pirin National Park (UNESCO WHS)

Named after the highest god of the Slavic pantheon, the god of thunder and lightning (Perun), the Pirin Mountains are a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria, extended about 40 km northwest-southeast, and about 25 km wide, with an altitude between 1008 and 2914m (the peak Vihren). Most of the range is protected in the Pirin National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, with an extension in 2010, the motives being three: its exceptional beauty, its science value, related to its glacial geomorphology, and the evolution of flora, evidenced by a number of endemic and relict species.

The diverse limestone mountain landscapes of Pirin Mountains include over 70 glacial lakes and a range of glacial landforms, with many waterfalls, rocky screes and caves. Forests are dominated by conifers, and the higher areas harbour alpine meadows below the summits. The presence of limestone rocks, the southerly position of the range and close proximity to the Aegean, coupled with its relative isolation, have made Pirin Mountain an important refuge for many species, including a range of endemic and relict species that are representative of the Balkan Pleistocene flora.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of a serie dedicated to the roses, designed by Damian Damianov, issued on January 23, 2006 and comprising four stamps:
• Rosa pendulina (0.54 BGN)
• Rosa gallica (1.50 BGN) - it's on this postcard
• Rosa spinossisima (2.00 BGN)
• Rosa arvensis (10.00 BGN)

Pirin - Wikipedia
Pirin National Park - UNESCO official site 

sender: Desislava Eneva (direct swap)
sent from Sofia (Sofia-grad / Bulgaria), on 02.07.2012
photo: M. Machkov

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